At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, we learned that over two dozen Marvel Cinematic Universe actors were going to be lending their voices to the upcoming animated Disney+ seriesWhat If?, which explores ernate realities within the MCU. One name that was absent from that long list of performers was Robert Downey Jr., leaving us to assume that the MCU’s highest-paid actor truly was finished playing Tony Stark after his swan song in Avengers: Endgame.
But according to fellow MCU member Jeff Goldblum, that’s not the case. In a new interview, Goldblum revealed that Downey is indeed returning to the MCUonce more as part of the What If voice cast. Get the details below.
Buzzfeed convinced Goldblum to sit cross-legged on the ground and play with puppies while answering questions in a video interview, and since that sounds irresistible I’ll go ahead and just embed that here:
The relevant section for our purposes comes at the end of the video, when he was asked whether his MCU character The Grandmaster would be returning in Taika Waititi’s upcoming movie Thor: Love and Thunder. Goldblum explained that they’re in early talks about that possibility, but then went on to spill the beans about Downey’s appearance in What If?:
“I played the part again a couple of days ago. I went to the Disney studios and I recorded the Grandmaster’s voice for an episode of a show that’s gonna be on Disney+ that’s called What If? It’s an animated version of all the characters we know and love from Marvel and this episode included the Grandmaster and Iron Man, so Robert Downey will do a voice for that, and Korg, Taika Waititi had already recorded his voice for that. So yeah, for a couple hours I enjoyed doing that.”
Since Downey’s name wasn’t in the initial cast list at Comic-Con, it seems like this may have been something Marvel wanted to keep a secret. Or perhaps they just hadn’t worked a deal out with the actor to reprise the role yet. But the story’s out: you haven’t seen the last of Tony Stark in the MCU.
Now the question becomes: will this version of Tony be same one we recognize from the films? We’ve seen snippets of footage from What If which showed a non-enhanced Steve Rogers inside a flying robot that looks similar to the bulkier version of an early Iron Man suit, so perhaps a time-shifted Tony will be responsible for putting Steve inside that suit. That’s a guess on my part, but since this show deals with ernate realities, it can explore just about anything the writers can think of.
The 2010s aren’t over yet, but Marvel already has its and your 2021 planned out. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, an untitled Spider-Man sequel, and Thor: Love and Thunder all hit the big screen that year, while Disney+ will debut Loki, WandaVision, and What If…?, an animated series that explores different outcomes for major moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Like, what if that shawarma place from The Avengers was out of shawarma??? That means we’ll see the return of, among others, Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger, Michael Rooker as Yondu, and [drum roll] Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man.
While filming a “…Plays With Puppies While Answering Fan Questions” video with BuzzFeed, Jeff Goldblum, who is also reprising his role as Thor: Ragnarok‘s Grandmaster for the show, said, “I went to the Disney Studios and I recorded the Grandmaster’s voice for an episode of a show that’s going to be on Disney+ called What If…? where it’s an animated version of all the characters we know and love from Marvel. And this episode included the Grandmaster and Iron Man, so Robert Downey will do a voice in that. And Korg, Taika Waititi, had already recorded his voice for that. So yeah, I enjoyed it for a couple of hours. I enjoyed doing that again. So the Grandmaster is well.”
Here’s the full confirmed list so far:
Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes Josh Brolin as Thanos Tom Hiddleston as Loki Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury Natalie Portman as Jane Foster Taika Waititi as Korg Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster Michael Rooker as Yondu Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk Chris Hemsworth as Thor Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther Karen Gillan as Nebula Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye Paul Rudd as Ant-Man Michael Douglas as Hank Pym Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark Sean Gunn as Kraglin Toby Jones as Arnim Zola Djimon Hounsou as Korath
Not too long ago, Disney put up their awards consideration pages for the films they hope will land some nominations from the Oscars, Golden Globes and other important Hollywood organizations. When it came to Avengers: Endgame, the usual ambition was there for Best Picture, Best Director, and a slew of technical awards. But there was one surprising exclusion.
Robert Downey Jr. previously confirmed that he opted not to campaign for any acting awards for his farewell performance as Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame. This was surprising to fans since his final turn as the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist and superhero felt like a performance that may have been worthy of at least a nomination. It appears Disney agreed and whether or not Downey intends to campaign for an Oscar, they’re going to do it for him. Robert Downey Jr. is included in the addition of consideration for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories that feature several other Avengers: Endgame cast members too.
Here’s Disney’s updated list of hopeful nominees that will be up for awards consideration this season:
As you can see, none of the Avengers: Endgame cast members were put up in the lead actor or lead actress categories. That makes perfect sense since the ensemble cast is so big that they all have a pretty even amount of screentime. Plus, the competition will likely be less fierce in those categories. However, just because Disney is putting forth these names for nominations doesn’t mean that any of them have a good chance at landing a nomination. But let’s talk about which ones could possibly be contenders.
Not to be disrespectful to any of these actors and actresses, but right out of the gate, I don’t think there’s any chance that Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Brie Larson, Zoe Saldana, or Gwyneth Paltrow will be getting nominations. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all great in their respective roles, and each has a solid emotional beat in the movie, but none of them feel like Oscar worthy performances as a whole. Plus, Ruffalo and Brolin have the disadvantage of playing motion capture characters, and the Academy still hasn’t figured out how to properly register those performances alongside traditional roles on film.
Somewhat more likely but still almost certainly not getting Oscar nominations are Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner. Though the two share some of the most touching and heartwrenching moments in Endgame, Renner is currently dealing with some peculiar personal issues and likely won’t be at the forefront of any Oscar campaigning. Furthermore, if Scarlett Johansson is going to get any Oscar nominations this year, it will probably be for Jojo Rabbit or Marriage Story.
However, there are four Avengers: Endgame cast members that I could see being worthy of a nomination, even if they’re still unlikely to end up with one. Robert Downey Jr. is one of them for obvious reasons, but I think we’re all forgetting just how great Chris Hemsworth is in this movie. He shows an incredible range of emotion as a superhero suffering from PTSD, often turning his emotions on a dime, and I would be psyched if he ended up earning at least a nomination. Meanwhile, both Chris Evans and Karen Gillan turned in admirable performances. The latter has a surprisingly integral and emotional character arc in this movie, and the former continues to be the backbone of this entire franchise. Either one of them could have enough standout moments to land a nomination, but I’m not sure
Of course, the Oscars are very competitive, and they’re not always about who really gave the best performance. Furthermore, The Academy hasn’t fully embraced superhero movies as being award worthy just yet. That tradition wavered a bit for Black Panther, but that felt like a unique circumstance in which the achievement for bringing such a culturally diverse superhero movie to the table was likely what drew voters to support the movie.
Then again, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King ended up getting some awards love and sweeping every award it was nominated for, largely in support of the overall achievement of the entire trilogy from Peter Jackson. Perhaps something similar could happen here as a way of paying tribute to the success of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. We’ll find out over the next few months.
Homeland‘s Navid Negahban and Iron Man actor Shaun Toub have been cast in the Israel-Iran espionage thriller Tehran working title from Moshe Zonder, writer of Netflix's Fauda.
Negahban played Abu Nazir in the first season of Homeland and has gone on to star in movies such as Aladdin. Toub played Ho Yinsen in Iron Man, a central character in the superhero’s origin story.
They will play Mossad field commander Masoud Tabrizi and Iranian security officer Faraz Mehmet respectively in the eight-part series for Israeli broadcaster Kan. The show is made by Donna Productions and Shula Spiegel Productions in association with Paper Plane Productions, while Cineflix Rights is distributing.
Young Israeli actress Niv Sultan takes the lead role in Tehran, playing Tamar Rabinyan, a Mossad computer hacker-agent undertaking her very first mission in Iran’s capital, which is also the place of her birth.
Tasked with disabling an Iranian nuclear reactor, her mission has implications not just for the Middle East, but for the rest of the world. But when the Mossad mission fails, Tamar goes rogue in Tehran as she rediscovers her Iranian roots and becomes romantically entwined with a pro-democracy activist. She becomes increasingly conflicted as Iranian authorities try to locate her and her Mossad colleagues.
Tehran is created by Zonder, Dana Eden and Maor Kohn. The series is written by Moshe Zonder and Omri Shenhar. The Gordin Cell and Stockholm director Daniel Syrkin directs the series, which is executive produced by Dana Eden, Shula Spiegel and Alon Aranya, who is producing Showtime's forthcoming Bryan Cranston-fronted drama Your Honor.
Syrkin said: “We are very excited to have the exceptionally talented, and fast-rising actress Niv Sultan take her first international lead series role in Tehran. And in Shaun and Navid, we have two stars who have thrilled and menaced audiences in multiple high-profile, long running global television hits and feature films. They head an international cast which will bring Moshe's creative vision to life for viewers.”
Robert Downey Jr. isn't wasting any time in promoting his latest movie Dolittle. But instead of doing something a little more traditional, the former Iron Man actor decided to do something both on-brand and quite strange, as he decided to settle a dispute between two NFL mascots, given that his character is known for his ability to talk to animals.
— Robert Downey Jr @RobertDowneyJr October 20, 2019
The video sees Robert Downey Jr., dressed up like a referee, standing between Rampage, the mascot for the Los Angeles Rams, and Freddie, the mascot for the Atlanta Falcons. The clip was produced to both hype up the game between the two teams, as well as Dolittle. In any event, it's strange. The two mascots are quarreling and Downey steps in to try and settle things down. He plays the whole thing very straight and committed as ever. Weird as it may be, it's also strangely admirable. Downey shared the video on Twitter and provided the following caption.
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" Dolittle: doctor, adventurer, referee?"
We were recently treated to a full trailer for the Dolittle remake, formerly titled The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, and it may not have been what many were expecting. This isn't a relatively simple, "Oh look! That doctor can talk to animals!" It's a sprawling, massive adventure with tons of expensive-looking CGI animals and huge sets. It is certainly a bold choice, to be sure. The cast is absolutely stacked and features the voices of Tom Holland, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, John Cena, Rami Malek, Craig Robinson, Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour and Carmen Ejogo. Antonio Banderas, Jim Broadbent and Michael Sheen will appear alongside RDJ in live-action.
Dolittle centers on the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle Downey who lost his wife several years ago. The famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria's England then becomes a hermit, hiding away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor, with only his collection of exotic animals to keep him company. But when the young queen falls gravely ill, Dolittle, reluctant as he may be, decides to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in an attempt to find a cure.
Stephen Gaghan Syriana, Gold was in the director's chair for the adaptation of Hugh Lofting's classic tale, though Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtels director Jonathan Liebesman came in for extensive reshoots. This serves as Robert Downey Jr.'s follow-up to Avengers: Endgame, which went on to become the highest-grossing movie of all time and capped off an epic 11-year run for him as Tony Stark in the MCU. With that, all eyes will be on this project, which was originally supposed to come out earlier this year but was delayed a full nine months by Universal Pictures. Is that a bad sign? It may be too early to tell, but we may at least have a unique marketing campaign to look forward to. Dolittle is set to hit theaters on January 17, 2020. Be sure to check out the video from Robert Downey Jr.'s Twitter account for yourself.
Marvel Cinematic Universe master Robert Downey Jr. revives one of literature's most enduring characters in director Stephen Gaghan's reimagining of the classic tale of Dr. Dolittle, a man who can communicate with animals. Below, check out the first trailer for “Dolittle,” which opens January 17, 2020 from Universal Pictures.
Here's the film's synopsis: “After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle Downey, famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria's England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen Jessie Buckley falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.”
Downey and “Chernobyl” and “Wild Rose” star Jessie Buckley are joined by Harry Collett “Dunkirk” as Dolittle's apprentice, along with a wily coterie of furry friends, including Academy Award winner Rami Malek as a gorilla, Octavia Spencer as a duck, Kumail Nanjiani as an ostrich, and John Cena as a cheery polar bear. Finally, Emma Thompson co-stars to voice the parrot who serves as Dolittle's closest confidante.
The film also stars Antonio Banderas an Oscar contender for this year's “Pain and Glory”, Michael Sheen, and Jim Broadbent, with additional voice performances from Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson.
Director/co-writer Stephen Gaghan previously directed 2016's “Gold” and 2005's Oscar-winning geopolitical thriller “Syriana.” “Dolittle” is cowritten by John Whittington, a writer on “The Lego Batman Movie.”
Recently, “Dolittle” star Downey made waves when he shaded Martin Scorsese's takedown of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and also scoffed at the prospect of an awards campaign for his turn as Tony Stark in “Avengers: Endgame.” Regarding Scorsese's claim that films out of the MCU aren't cinema, Downey said, “I mean it plays in theaters. I appreciate [Scorsese's] opinion. I think it's like anything where we need all of the different perspectives so we can come to center and move on.”